Ahead: Another Copper Coup?

Idaho investor John Simplot's timing was near perfect--at least in the case of Magma Copper. Several days before Magma announced on Dec. 1 that Australia's Broken Hill Proprietary had offered $2.4 billion for it, Simplot upped his Magma stake from 5.2% to 9.8% (BW--Dec. 11). Guess what. Simplot has done exactly the same thing with ASARCO (AR): On Feb. 22, he raised his stake in ASARCO, one of the world's largest copper producers, from 5.1% to 9.8%. Could history repeat itself?

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